Wall in Cusco
  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 31 December, 2015
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

Now, you might expect that when someone posts a photo under the heading ‘A Wall in Cusco’, there would at least be one of those photos of an Inca wall, made up of those huge angular stones quarried from somewhere faraway. Sorry to disappoint. I walked around Cusco a lot and captured many generic images of the city, full of cafes, restaurants and shops, including a McDonalds and a Starbucks, catering to the hordes of tourists that come through here. Being the contrary fellow that I am, it is this shot of a brick wall that stands out for me. I love the lines and the textures; the three different layers of the wall, the squares of the net, the bird perched in silhouette and framed between the two posts…

True, there is nothing about this photo that lets you know that you’re in Cusco but I don’t think I’ve gone walkabout to do that kind of work. I might even go so far as to categorise this photo as ‘art’. The way the elements balance just perfectly puts a smile on my face. As they say, it’s all subjective!


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